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Today I am taking part in the books on tour and reviewing Unforgivable by Natalie Barelli, published by Bookouture.


Your ex-wife didn’t leave you because of me. She didn’t abandon her little girl because of a couple of love notes in your jeans pocket. She left because she’s twisted, and she wanted to punish you. And she’s not finished yet. You have to believe me. If you don’t, there’s no knowing what she’ll do next…

Becoming a stepmother is the best thing that ever happened to me. My favorite part of every day is picking Charlie up from school, watching her little rucksack bounce behind her as she skips over for a hug. I love the feel of those thin freckled arms around my waist. After a few rocky months of panic attacks when her mother deserted her, Charlie is flourishing. But the day Charlie’s mother Bronwyn returns without warning—showering Charlie with gifts and making promises she can’t keep—fear ripples through me.

When I raise my concerns, no one wants to listen. I know I sound like the jealous new wife, but nothing is more important to me than Charlie’s safety. Me and Bronwyn have history. We both have dark secrets in our past, and I know the dangerous lengths she will go to get what she wants.

But Bronwyn doesn’t know me as well as I know her.

She doesn’t know just how far I will go to protect that little girl…

A completely gripping and totally addictive psychological thriller that will send shivers down your spine. Fans of The Girl on the TrainThe Wife Between Us or The Other Wife will devour this twisty page-turner in one sitting!

“How far would you go to protect your little girl”

Oh how Natalie Barelli can weave a tale that has you so completely gripped and unable to think of anything else until you get to that final page and even then, it still consumes your thoughts long after you have finished reading it! This is exactly how Unforgivable left me feeling. What an absolutely brilliant read this is!

There is so much to unpack in this story and I had the best time trying to figure out how it would all unfold. I wasn’t even close! I haven’t been so hoodwinked as I was with this book. Wicked, dark, intense, twisted and completely riveting from beginning to end, I need to stop this review now as in my excitement I could accidentally give something away. So I will just leave you with these final words…You need to read this book NOW!

Thank you to Natalie Barelli, Bookouture and NetGalley for allowing me to read an advanced copy of Unforgivable, which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.

This review will be added to, Goodreads, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Amazon Australia & Amazon US. I will also add to NetGalley, Apple Books, Kobo, Google Play, Barnes & Noble and BookBub if available. As I am from Australia, I am unable to add to Amazon UK, but will post to Waterstones & Foyles if also available.


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Follow the tour along the way and see what these bloggers also thought about Unforgivable. My thanks to Bookouture for my spot on this tour and for the promotional materials.


Natalie lives with her family in Australia, where she is forever thinking about new ways of killing people and getting away with it.

Before writing full time, Natalie was an IT consultant. Favorite past time? Reading fabulous thrillers, otherwise known as research.

And when she’s not absorbed in the latest gripping page-turner, Natalie loves to cook, knits very badly and spends far too much time at her computer.


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